MPs to discuss gas and alcohol excises on Tallink ferry ({{commentsTotal}})

The Megastar, shipper Tallink's new gas-powered high-speed ferry.
The Megastar, shipper Tallink's new gas-powered high-speed ferry. Source: (Tallink/Andres Raudjalg)

A meeting set for next week of the Riigikogu’s Economic Affairs Committee will discuss gas and alcohol excises. The meeting will take place on one of shipper Tallink’s ferries—an arrangement the chairman of the Anti-Corruption Select Committee finds less than agreeable.

Chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee, Aivar Kokk (IRL), confirmed to ERR on Tuesday that next week’s meeting will take place on a Tallink ferry. “We are buying the tickets, I’ve already been asked for the names,” Kokk said, adding that the committee hadn’t discussed the option that Tallink might cover the costs.

Kokk also confirmed that excise duties on gas and alcohol would be discussed in the meeting. Though at first they had planned to also discuss taxes related to shipping, which would have had a direct connection to Tallink’s business, these would now be talked about another time.

Tallink is an interesting choice to say the least, considering that a large stakeholder of the company, Infortar, also holds the majority stake in natural gas utility Eesti Gaas.

Artur Talvik, chairman of the Free Party as well as the Riigikogu’s Anti-Corruption Select Committee, said he didn’t consider it proper to hold a meeting within reach of a company that was directly connected to the topics on the agenda, and announced that he would send a note to the Economic Affairs Committee.

Editor: Dario Cavegn



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